Dean Resonator Guitar Review

Name: Dean Heirloom Thin body Steel Resonator electric acoustic Guitar, Brass Plated


Price: $799 case $109 When bought separately. ( I have seen it for $1455 with the case )
I am not sure if the price is going up but I would look for the original price.
Dean Guitar

Over All Rank: 96


I checked on Dean as a producer of resonator guitars because I couldn’t afford the top names such as National and Dobro.

I found that Dean manufactures resonator guitars with the idea of utilizing the technique and structure of the big name and historically significant manufacturers.
There are other popular brands that don’t ascribe to that philosophy.

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pro 1: Very affordable.

This is the awesome Dean resonator with case

pro 2: Very attractive tropical etching.

pro 3: Plays well and has a good resonator sound.

pro 4: It has a thin body for ease of playing but still has a big sound when not plugged in.

Pro 5: There are 2 electric pickups. A piezo pickup that acts as a mic to get the natural resonator sound and a standard lipstick pickup. They can be adjusted for the degree of sound and resonator effect that you want. The lower knob is for the piezo pickup, the middle knob is for the lipstick pickup, and the top knob is to blend the two to your liking.

pro 6: The tuners work fine, the purloined inlays on the rosewood fingerboard along with the tropical etching make this an attractive guitar.

con 1: Because of the steel and brass plate it is heavy. 13.5 lbs. shipping weight. ( many slide players play seated.)

con 2: The base string kept popping out of the groove in the bridge. ( I once saw a review where a disgruntled customer sent it back because of this. I just took my pocket knife and made the groove larger. I took care not to split the thin bridge and it works fine.)

con 3: The Tailpiece began to vibrate on the body. ( I took a thin wooden shim and put it between the tailpiece and the body and it is not noticeable and works fine.)

Check out this demo:

What is the significance of the name?

Dean Heirloom Reshceb refers to the intent of Dean to make this like the original resonators. The tropical etching is in reference to the Hawaiin influence on slide guitar.

Product Support

Dean has a product support team that will take over if the dealer can not help you.

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Product name and price

Dean Heirloom Rescheb steel resonator guitar.

I have seen the same guitar listed without the Heirloom name. I always look for the thin body cut away in brass with etchings. It goes for $799 and $109 for the case. I found it for $764 and $99 for the case but I had to pay the shipping. I have seen it with the case for $1455. I don’t know if the price is going up but I would look for the $799/$109 for the case deal or get another Dean Resonator because they make a variety of resonator guitars.

My final opinion

I have owned my Dean Heirloom Reshcheb thin body resonator guitar for over 3 years.
I am very satisfied with the playability and the sound. I play it through an acoustic amp.To get the sound out of the amp I have to go a little more to the electric pickup. Because of the resonator, it is very loud without amplification. Buying a vintage resonator may not be the way to go unless you are a collector. Many have lived a rough life and unlike wood, age does not make them sound better. For the price, this guitar has a lot to offer if you are willing to make a few adjustments. Even if you don’t use a slide, but want to learn, this guitar will get the sound out when you play with regular fingering.

Manufacturer Dean Guitar

Vintage Resonator


A retailer such as Amazon

Price $799 case $109 look for free shipping ( new price of $1455 for guitar and case is a gouge ) There are other Dean resonator guitars for reasonable prices and you may be able to find this at the original price.

Overall Verdict Unless you have the green for the top names this is a good way to go. It came ready to play right out of the box. The Piezo control and the lipstick control give you a good choice of sound. The top knob blends the sound of the two to the level that you like. It sounds great unamplified.

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4 thoughts on “Dean Resonator Guitar Review

  • June 16, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Hello Marty

    I like this review of the Dean Resonator Guitar. The look of it is appealing to me as well. I am not a professional at playing any guitars, except maybe the smaller version of one: a ukelele. I was wondering if the Dean Resonator Guitar is suited for novices as myself. If so, I could consider investing in one of these. I look forward to your response.


    • June 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Hi Armand,
      thank you for visiting my website. I appreciate your interest in the Dean thin body resonator guitar. This style guitar has a specialty niche. It tends to be good for blues style, country, and with use with a slide.
      If you like this type of guitar it could be used by a newbie but it is heavy.
      I would suggest buying an acoustic with a solid wood top. If your budget allows the more you can spend the better guitar you could get and the better the sound would be.
      I have a good guitar starter kit on my Yamaha’s awesome guitars page that I would recommend for a newbie.
      Some would like to start with electric guitar. That is fine but an acoustic is easier to access and to transition to electric guitar than the other way around.
      If you have any questions concerning a guitar make or model I would be happy to help you if I can.

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I have been looking for one of these types of guitar recently as my son has a birthday soon and is asking for one. Although the cost of this guitar is high to me, it is much better than National and Dobro. I am going to check the price on Amazon and purchase it.
    Thank you so much for your review. I think my son will be very happy with his new guitar.

    • March 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you Christine, I own this model and am very happy with it. I play slide and always wanted a resonator guitar. Dean also offers res. guitars at a more affordable price as you can see in my other ads. If you have any questions I would be happy to help you buy your son a guitar.

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